On the map, Place de la République may not appear to be in the centre of Paris, but when it comes to the trendiest neighbourhoods and streetscapes in the city, you could say it’s smack dab in the middle of all the action. Here are the top seven hotels near Place de la République, an ideal starting point for visiting the trendy Haut Marais and Canal Saint-Martin.
Instantly recognisable by the bronze status of Marianne – the national symbol of the French Republic, and the Goddess of Liberty – Place de la République is one of the most popular gathering spots in the city, where Parisians protest against the government or voice their solidarity with the oppressed. When it’s not taken over by demonstrations it’s a hive of activity, with skateboarders trying out new tricks, kids splashing about in fountains and Parisians tipping back an after-work aperitif on one of the outdoor patios. In other words, it’s perfect territory for people watching. From detox and wellness-oriented hotels to design-centric properties, here’s our rundown of the top seven hotels to stay at in the area.
A five-minute walk from the square, Le General has a young, eclectic, retro and modern vibe, all at once. Contemporary white rooms are offset by industrial-style columns and a distinctly ’70s-era lounge. The space was designed by French-born architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, and photography also plays a large role in the interior layout, with poster-sized portraits of everyday people lining the walls to lend the property a more intimate feel. Every room comes with a Nespresso machine, with bathroom amenities including toiletries from L’Occitane.
Sandwiched between one of the city’s chicest clothing boutiques, Merci, and gourmet food shop Maison Plisson, Les Jardins du Marais takes up nine buildings on rue Amelot. All 263 rooms and suites feature in-room kitchenettes with ceramic stovetops and sinks, which make this place great for cooking the occasional meal. The hotel evokes a 1930s aesthetic, with Art Deco motifs and rich finishing details such as maple wood and marble bathrooms. What’s more, most of the rooms overlook one of the biggest, private open-air gardens in Paris, complete with an outdoor patio, palm trees and contemporary art exhibits regularly hosted in the space.
If you’re a design or art lover, La Planque, a former candy store that pitches itself as less a hotel and more a guest house, is the place for you. The rooms riff on arty designs – think velvet and fabric-covered headboards, statement light fixtures and textured wallpaper –making this a cosy option full of character. Interesting and eclectic colour pairings – grey and burned orange, forest green and pink – dominate the hotel, adding to the fun, creative vibe. The conservatory-style café and common space are covered in purple velour, and feature upholstered banquettes with a weathered wooden picnic table, vintage books and flea market finds.
As the name suggests, the Hotel Les Deux Girafes, located near the Bataclan music hall, is inspired by the noble, long-necked animal of African plains. The blue, green, tan and orange colour palette and natural materials such as linen, wood and rattan bring a sense of calm and a feeling of wilderness to the 34 rooms and suites. Converted from a former furniture factory, the hotel hosts rotating art exhibits and features a co-working space and a fitness room with an Instagram-worthy wooden, manual treadmill from French company Sprintbox – a motorless, eco-friendly way to work out.
When the Hotel Gabriel opened in 2009, just off the trendy Canal Saint-Martin area, it pitched itself as one of the city’s first detox hotels, with soft lighting, a neutral colour palette and healthy snack options. Selected rooms also come with the digital sleep aid called NightCove, which uses ambient LED lighting and audio sounds to help lull jet-lagged guests to sleep. Another big perk is the downstairs Honesty Bar, a small intimate lounge where hotel guests can help themselves to both hot and cold drinks and contribute whatever amount they feel is fair.
With an emphasis on natural materials, Hotel La Nouvelle République, located about a 15-minute walk away from the square, adopts a clean, Scandinavian, minimalist style. Sensitive sleepers and travellers will appreciate the hypoallergenic mattresses and the dual-flow ventilation system that’s in operation throughout the hotel. All guests, meanwhile, are sure to appreciate the free breakfast which includes croissants, scrambled eggs, ham and cheese, and the free coffee, tea and bottled water station in the lobby. Forgot your adaptor? Rooms also come with international plugs.
Just a five-minute walk from the main square, Le Mareuil – which means ‘glade’ in French – is all about rest and relaxation, with soundproof rooms, organic toiletries, a breakfast buffet featuring local, seasonal ingredients and a bedside NightCove sleep lamp. Jet-lagged guests can also relax at the hotel hammam, open 24/7, or try the ‘Oxygenation Cabin’, where they can gulp lungfuls of pure, pine-infused oxygen and imagine themselves walking through a forest, far from the madding crowds of Paris.